Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Associate Professor Ahmet İnanır gave important information on the subject. Neck pain, which is one of the health problems that many people frequently encounter today, occurs especially in people who use mobile phones frequently, work at the desk or spend hours in front of the computer and sleep on a flat pillow.
What causes neck pain?
Neck hernias, especially in individuals who work at desks and use smartphones, have become a serious problem that affects all age groups, even children and young people. Neck hernia occurs as a result of the soft jelly-like part in the middle and inside of the cartilaginous disc between the vertebrae infiltrating from the surrounding layers and entering the area where it should not be. If the protruding disc material herniates from the middle part of the spinal canal, it can press on the nerves going to the spinal cord, and if it herniates from the side of the canal, it can be painful or painless. In hernias coming out of the middle part, the person feels pain; may feel in the shoulders, neck, and shoulder blades or back. In hernias close to the side, it may manifest itself with pain, numbness, tingling or a feeling of weakness in the patient’s arm. Pain in the neck, neck, shoulder and back pain, limitation of neck movements, muscle spasm, numbness in the arms and hands, numbness, thinning of the arms, decreased muscle strength in the arms and hands can be seen. All these findings affect people’s lives, making life difficult and even unbearable.
What diseases can it be confused with?
Although there is neck hernia, it may be mistaken for another disease, and patients who do not have neck hernia can also be diagnosed with neck hernia. These confusions can cause a waste of time. We come across patients who have a tumoral formation on the neck and linger for months on incompetent hands. There are many causes of neck pain such as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Shoulder Problems, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, DISH (Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis), and it is very important to distinguish which of them causes this pain.
Who is it most common in?
Neck hernia is frequently seen in those who use mobile phones, spend time in front of the computer, read books, work at desks, long-distance drivers and those who do not use a neck pillow while sleeping, especially because of bending their neck for a long time. In addition, neck hernia disorders are triggered especially during long journeys during summer vacations. It is triggered by sleeping in public transportation vehicles (bus, etc.), landing in airplane travels (being asleep at the moment of contact with the ground), especially during long journeys during summer vacations. Sleeping in public transportation vehicles (bus, etc.), landing in airplane travels (being asleep at the moment of contact with the ground), especially long stays in the same position while traveling with a private vehicle for holiday purposes can be the cause of serious problems.
What are the points to be considered against neck pain?
The best treatment is prevention, the best medicine is exercise. While sleeping, the neck pillow should be chosen orthopedically. In order to minimize the risk of catching a neck hernia, it is necessary to stay away from the lifestyle that may cause neck hernia during daily life. Staying away from lingering for a long time with a smartphone (it should definitely not be done by bending the neck forward) and gaining the habit of working by taking breaks from the computer for a long time will reduce the risk of hernia development. will reduce.
Being cautious while traveling will also be an important precaution. When any painful situation happens to us, taking care of the situation and getting accurate information about our situation as an examination by a specialist doctor will provide us the opportunity to live a conscious life. It could be a tumor, or it could be a small or large hernia. You shouldn’t just focus on the pain. Early detection of the underlying problem causing the pain provides great success in treatment. The person who can help you best in this regard may be a Physiotherapy or Neurosurgery doctor who has a lot of experience and knowledge on this subject. Because these friends of ours are experts who can decide which treatment will work best for you and which treatment will work best for you first.